Strumming for Vets at Summer Get-Together

May 27, 2010

Strumming for Vets, a charitable organization that teaches disabled veterans how to play guitar, will make an exclusive live appearance at the 17th Summer Get-Together June 5 & 6 at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Based right here in the Bay Area, the Strumming for Vets ensemble will perform live acoustic music sets both Saturday from 1-3pm and Sunday from 2-3pm at the entertainment stage.

Founded by veteran John Rola of San Jose, Strumming for Vets provides acoustic guitars, gives them to disabled veterans then teaches them how to play by providing lessons. With donated guitars and teachers donating their time, the vets are given a new type of therapy that works wonders! Once they’re playing guitar at a high level, the group performs at public venues such as the Summer Get-Together.

The group will have tee shirts and hats available for purchase at the event. The funds generated from their merchandise sales goes directly towards the purchase of guitars for the disabled vets. Come out and hear some great music and support a wonderful local program!

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Need Something Striped? Check out the Panel Jam!

May 27, 2010

A special pinstriper’s “Panel Jam Brush Bash” exhibition will be one of many event features at the upcoming 17th Summer Get-Together. The Brush Bash is a special exhibit where pinstripe artists get together and stripe and letter various objects. The most popular items include garbage cans, toilet seats, hood sides, fenders, other painted metal panels, coolers, purses – almost anything!

The best part is you can bring anything you want to the event and they’ll pinstripe it for you! Car parts, body panels, toilet seats, shoes, wallets, cell phones – whatever you want to bring to be stripes – they will get you set up! Fans will also be able to purchased already striped items.
Goodguys will be holding a silent auction at the Panel Jam featuring a set of custom striped Moon Discs with the proceeds going to charity.

The Panel Jam Brush Bash will be going on all weekend inside the Hall of Commerce. Check it out!

22nd Hot Rod Nationals Launches Goodguys Summer Racing Season

May 26, 2010

Clermont, IN – The Goodguys 22nd Hot Rod Nationals is set to blast off June 11, 12 & 13 at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, officially kicking off another hi-revving trio of vintage drag races for the Goodguys/VRA. The Hot Rod Nationals kicks off a three-race series for vintage drag racers which includes the Hot Rod Nationals, the 9th Blue Suede Cruise August 20-22 in Norwalk, OH and the 3rd Nostalgia Nationals October 15-17 in Bowling Green, KY.

The Hot Rod Nationals is one of the country’s largest vintage hot rodding events combining a massive car show with over 4,000 ’72 & earlier rods, customs, muscle cars and classics with a weekend long vintage drag race on O’Reilly Raceway Park’s vaunted drag strip. Vendor exhibits, a swap meet, car corral, special awards and live entertainment round out the festive weekend.

A well rounded field of over 20 entries is confirmed in both Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car. Both classes will be run as 8-car open shows with qualifying sessions scheduled for Friday, June 11th at 3pm and Saturday, June 12th at NOON. The first round for both Top Fuel and Funny Car eliminations is scheduled for 3:30pm Saturday afternoon with final eliminations commencing Sunday morning the 13th at 10am.

The Nostalgia Top Fuel field is led by defending event co-champions (due to a rained out final last year) Denver Schutz in the “Raisin Express II” and Howard Haight in the “Nitrodiction” entry out of upstate New York. “Radar” Roger Lechtenberg returns this year behind the wheel of Dale & Kat Suhr’s Waterloo, Iowa based “Orange Crate” top fueler – no doubt a threat to the top two. Other entries include Brendan Murry’s “Runnin’ Wild” from San Jose, CA, Muscatine, Iowa’s Kevin Brewer, Randy Bridges, Butch Blair’s “Fugowie”, Ernest McClain’s Chevy powered entry from Delaware, local hopeful Keith “Roo Man” Burgan, “Diamond” Dave Miller in the “Telstar” dragster and long time veteran Joe Krupinski.

In Nostalgia Funny Car action, defending co-champions champion Paul Romine and Shawn Bowen look to renew their unfinished business from last year’s rain out. Other confirmed entries include Justin Grant’s “Stardust” ‘Cuda, Anthony Bronge’s “Punisher” ’69 Camaro, Steve Nichols’ “Mill Road Boys” ’70 Camaro, Peter Gallen’s “Poverty Stricken” Vega, Troy Martin’s “Chi Town Hustler” Dodge Charger, Danny Miller’s “Rear Gears” ’70 Maverick and coming in from California is Bob Godfrey’s “Burn-N-Money” ’69 Camaro.

In all, 12 Sportsman classes including Pro Comp, B/GAS, Nostalgia Gas, Nostalgia Comp and Hot Rod Eliminator will also be contested. Exhibition classes include the popular Nostalgia Super Stockers, Nostalgia Pro Stock and the always-wild “Geezer Gassers.” The popular Street Rod Shootout 1/8th mile competition, which crowns the fastest street rods and hot rods from the car show side of the event, will take place Saturday at 11:30am!

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Goodguys Racing and Tech Inquiries: Contact Jeff Norton @ (925) 895-7878,

Meet Custom Car Painter Charley Hutton at 22nd Hot Rod Nationals

May 26, 2010

Master rod & custom painter Charley Hutton of Hutton Color Studio will make an exclusive appearance at the Goodguys 22nd Hot Rod Nationals June 11-13 at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.

The easy-going Hutton is one of the most popular painters in the custom car world. His design schemes for high-end street rods have earned him numerous accolades including two celebrated Ridler Awards, several Goodguys Street Rod of the Year and Custom Rod of the Year awards, and a Goodguys America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award. Hutton has also made a splash on television. He first appeared with legendary custom car builder, the late Boyd Coddington, on the Discovery Channel’s American Hot Rod show. Soon after, Hutton was a featured painter on Hot Rod TV and The Learning Channel’s Overhaulin’. He recently opened the Charley Hutton Color Studio in Nampa, Idaho, where he uses PPG Automotive Refinish products exclusively.

Hutton will sign autographs at the PPG Vibrance Collection® Show Truck display on:
-Friday, June 11: 10-11am and 2-3pm
-Saturday, June 12: 10:00-11am and 2-3pm
-Sunday, June 13: 10:00am-NOON

About PPG
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Pinkee’s Rod Shop to Host Colorado Nationals Kick Off Party Thursday 6-4

May 26, 2010

Join the talented crew of Pinkee’s Rod Shop at 4pm on Thursday, June 3rd for the official 13th Colorado Nationals Kick-Off Party and Open House!

Start your Colorado Nationals weekend off with a festive evening! It’s free admission and there’s plenty of parking! The Pinkee’s crew will provide food, drinks and live music! How can ya beat that deal?
The Pinkee’s Colorado Nationals kick off party is one of the best of the year so don’t miss your chance to stroll through their state of the art shop, check out their latest mind-blowing projects and meet the Pinkee’s crew that bring automotive dreams to life!

For a complete look at the 13th Colorado Nationals, visit

Swap Meet Spaces Still Available for Summer Get-Together June 5 & 6 in Pleasanton

May 23, 2010

The swap meet for the 17th Summer Get-Together, June 5 & 6 at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds is filling up fast but there are still plenty of spaces available! A swap spot is only $60 (pre-registered – at event cost is $65) and measures 10’ x 20’ in length. New and used automotive parts only! To reserve your spot, you can download an entry form here.

You can also call Andrew (925) 218-9114 or Edward (925) 218-9127 to reserve a spot over the phone! Spaces may also be available at the event. Set up begins Friday June 4th and runs from 2pm to 7pm. Enter through Gate #5 off Bernal Ave. Get your spot reserved now and clear out your garage! For a closer look at the event visit

Bobby Alloway on Hand at Nashville to Make Builder’s Choice Picks!

May 21, 2010

Bobby Alloway and the staff at Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop in Louisville, Tennessee will be on hand this weekend at LP Field to hand pick the coveted Builder’s Choice awards! Alloway will select t 10 award winners from the Builder’s Choice parking area which will be open from 8am to 2pm Saturday, May 22nd.

The trick awards are three piece billet aluminum sculptures and feature the signature flying A from Alloway’s.

Look for Bobby and his silver mane at the show and if you’re lucky enough to get selected for a Builder’s Choice award please make sure and thank him for all his hard work on these gorgeous awards!